Ryan Giggs is the preferable option to succeed Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, not Jose Mourinho, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim that Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as successor to Rafael Benitez at Real Madrid could see United take a similar route, with assistant manager and legendary player Giggs the first-choice option for many of the United hierarchy.
According to Matt Lawton, there remains ‘no fluid plan’ at Old Trafford with regards to their managerial future, with Van Gaal having staved off scrutiny for now with a draw and a win in their last two matches. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who will have the decisive vote over the Dutchman’s fate, is ‘desperate for him to succeed’.
‘The word is that officials at United would certainly find it difficult not to give the job to Giggs this summer,’ writes Lawton. Why? Giggs’ managerial career comprises four games in charge at the end of the 2013/14 season. They won two, drew one and lost one. To Sunderland. What has Giggs shown on the touchline in his one-and-a-half years as an assistant manager to prove he would be capable of taking over one of the biggest clubs in world football? Must be all the standing up he does.
Lawton goes on to discuss the reservations United hold over appointing Mourinho. While United’s position is strengthened by Real’s appointment of Zidane and not the Portuguese, there exists fears over the ‘high-maintenance manager’. Another poor run of form under Van Gaal could force United’s hand, with games against Newcastle, Liverpool, Southampton, Stoke and Chelsea in the coming months. An FA Cup third-round tie against Sheffield United also awaits.
Were United to lose a number of those games, Van Gaal’s future would once more ‘be on the agenda’, says Lawton. The club could then sack the Dutchman and appoint Giggs mid-season, but they have obvious doubts over such upheaval. The preferred option would be ‘a solid finish to the season’ (well, yeah…), before appointing Giggs in the summer.
The clamour for Giggs to take the United reins continues.